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    Cut Brooklyn: Opinions?

    Does anyone have a Cut Brooklyn knife? If so, what do you think of them? How's the steel, the edge, and the performance?

    Cheers,

    Jack

    P.S.: since they come from Brooklyn, there's a Yo!-handled joke in there somewhere, but I can't work it out.

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    Canada's Sharpest Lefty Lefty's Avatar
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    Never used one, but Joel seems to have really upped his game, recently. I like the new profile, and I think his handles look pretty nice.
    They're not lazers, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    Never used one, but Joel seems to have really upped his game, recently. I like the new profile, and I think his handles look pretty nice.
    They're not lazers, though.
    Dave?
    The last time I checked, Cut Brooklyn used steel more suitable for hunting and field knives, than kitchen knives.

    One style handle. Too thin IMO

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    When I first decided to get a higher-end knife late last year I seriously considered CB. Joel isn't too far and we emailed about a custom order. My sister had been to his shop when a friend ordered several knives and said he was a great guy. That was my experience, as well.

    But when I floated the idea on knife forums the consensus was the Prospect profiles were not the best so I passed. Also I wasn't crazy about the colored resin handles.

    The newer Journeyman model seems to be more in line with j knives and he's using wood handles.

    SLT is going to carry his manufactured line pretty soon.

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    Personally, I don't quite understand the pricetag. But perhaps I am missing something.

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    For all practical purposes, the CB knives are mid-techs. CB doesn't do his own heat treats, and you can't really customize the knife. If I were going to buy a mid-tech, a DT looks a lot more appealing especially considering the price tag. I can get a full custom from Pierre or for 100-200 more, you get a damascus knife from Del.
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    +1. No in-house heat treatment, limited handle customization, limited steel selection. Mid-tech at best.


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    Is it just me or do his handles seem pretty weird?

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    I posted this reply on another forum:

    "I've got a gyuto in his Journeyman series, which uses 1095 carbon steel. It's a simple steel, but a solid performer that has proven itself in outdoor knives.

    Haven't had the gyuto for too long, so I can't comment on long-term use, but it's ground very thin and cuts exceptionally well. A little more flexible than I usually like, but that's probably just a function of its thinness and doesn't detract from its usability for me.

    It's a real beauty, too.

    Joel is a really nice guy and a superb craftsman. I hope his knives get more popular in Foodie circles."

    One thing I would add is that I don't believe outsourcing the heat treat connotes a mid-tech knife. Everything else is done in his shop and without benefit of CNC, so far as I know.

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    There is no true definition of mid-tech. However, the DT mid-tech has more steps done in house than the CBs and cost about half the price. At around the same price, I can get a some of the knife makers here to make me a true custom knife. I don't knock people for liking a particular knife, but personally I don't think the CB stuff is a particularly good value. You can get a mizu honyaki or and damascus Ealy for not much more.
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